Reviewing Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman’s 2017 Moves

By Sean Fitzgerald
EDMONTON, AB - DECEMBER 29: John Hayden /
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CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 30: Cody Franson
CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 30: Cody Franson /

October 4

The Blackhawks acquired Andreas Martinsen from the Montreal Canadiens for Kyle Baun

Review: Baun was the top college free agent in 2015. He appeared in five NHL games before spending the rest of his tenure with the Rockford IceHogs. Baun came in with some promise but ultimately needed a change of scenery. Martinsen has appeared in 32 games with IceHogs this season. He has six goals and seven assists this season. He had appeared in 119 NHL games before joining the IceHogs.

Grade: N/A

October 4

The Blackhawks signed Cody Franson to a one-year, $1 million contract

Review: Franson had other offers this offseason but chose to sign a PTO with the ‘Hawks. After the season started, the ‘Hawks were able to sign Franson. Franson has been in the defensive rotation this whole season. Franson has the highest Corsi-for percentage of his career with a 59.9 mark, but he was placed on waivers Monday.

Grade: B

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